Ashton, following a terrific run of form for the Hammers, earned international recognition but in August 2006 he suffered a broken ankle sustained during a training session with the England team.
Never properly recovering, the striker sadly retired from football in 2009 aged 26. Both Ashton and West Ham sought compensation from the FA, yet Sullivan claims they haven’t received a penny.
"For me, and this is a horrible thing to say, I don’t want any of our players to play for England. We saw what happened to Dean Ashton, where we lost a vital player [to an injury he suffered on international duty] and we never got a penny off the FA for that,” Sullivan explained to Talksport.
Calls for Carroll to receive an international call-up come off the back of his recent display during West Ham’s enthralling 3-3 draw with Premier League title challengers Arsenal.
The former Newcastle United man was unplayable, dominating in their air and scoring a superb hat-trick.
Carroll would offer England a completely different option upfront, though his position could potentially come at a cost for one of Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck.
West Ham have a number of internationals looking to feature in this summer’s European Championships, with Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble another two names possibly in Roy Hodgson’s thoughts.